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Best things to do in Shropshire this October Half Term
16 Oct 2023

Here's the My Shrewsbury round up for half term - where to go for pumpkin picking, how to fill the half term spooky schedule, and a full guide to the fireworks to round off the week...

PUMPKINS

Go big or gourd home this half term! There are pumpkin picking places popping up all over the county.

Pumpkins at Arscott Farm

Arscott Farm is about a 15 minute drive from the town centre and they have acres of pumpkins you can pick. You can also enjoy pizza, drinks and games. Plus, you can release some pent up stress at their pumpkin smash on November 4th and 5th, and try out the new pumpkin slingshot!

Park Hall Countryside Experience has 3,500 pumpkins at the farm for their annual Pumpkinfest event which is open daily between October 27th and November 4th.

A child at Park Hall's Pumpkinfest event

Every paying child will receive a pumpkin to carve in the pumpkin shed, plus there’s a pumpkin alley, singing pumpkins, pumpkin games, the Little Scare House, and The Witches Cavern. You can also meet all the animals, enjoy play areas inside and outside, see the pigs racing and have a tractor ride. Tickets are £12.95 online.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust also has a PumpkinFest. Theirs is at the Cut from October 27th – 31st and you can seek out your own pumpkin to carve with their equipment. There’ll be craft activities too. £2.50 per pumpkin.

More PYO pumpkin options…
  • Moor Farm Shop & Café in Baschurch has pumpkin picking and a spooky trail with the chance for kids to win a Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread Hot Chocolate or milkshake.
  • Northwood Nurseries near Wem has a Pumpkin Patch and Witches Village.
  • There’s a Halloween Harvest at Apley Estate near Shifnal with PYO pumpkin, a storytelling tent, and a scarecrow trail.
  • Little Wytheford Farm near Shawbury has a pumpkin patch and a coffee barn serving pumpkin-spiced lattes and luxury hot chocolates.
  • Llynclys Hall Farm in Oswestry also has lots of pumpkins to pick plus donkey rides, crafting and a big display to get a photo in front of.
  • Weston Park has a pumpkin patch in the walled garden, open 11am to 2pm each day, plus themed activities including Creepy Critters with Zoolabs and a chance to make a magic potion! 
HALF TERM DAYS OUT

Kids can visit the Flaxmill Maltings Mill exhibition for free over half term. They’ve got some free kids activities lined up including bats, cats and rats craft sessions and on October 31st you can ask Shropshire Spellwright, Jean Atkin, to create your own spell especially for Halloween.  

Jean Atkin writing a spellPictured: Jean Atkin

For some fun without spookiness, head to Shrewsbury Castle for the Jolly Jesters Trail. From October 28th until November 4th you can pick up a trail card (£1.50 per card) and have fun spotting jesters around the grounds and copying their poses.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is bringing back their Museums Are Magic! sessions on October 28th and 29th for enchanting owls, storytelling, short films and magical crafting. £10 per child. They also have a Spooktacular arts and crafts session on October 31st at 10am. £2 per child.

On October 25th, an interactive dance theatre show aimed at kids aged 3-8 comes to Theatre Severn. The brand new rhyming story, The Greatest Robot Ever, tells the story of Glitch the Robot who goes on a quest with his best friend to find the pieces to make them stand out. The workshop was created by The Knotted Project and Hawk Dance Theatre.

All the fun of the circus comes to the Buttermarket on October 30th with Cartoon Circus Live. They combine the comedy of pantomime with the thrill of the circus. Perfect for 2-11 year olds.

The Darwin shopping centre has plenty of prizes in store. From October 21st to 31st go on a Skeleton Search. Five skeletons will be hidden in businesses throughout the centre. Find them all and be in with a chance of winning £50 worth of vouchers. Pick up a search sheet from DVDMegastore on the Middle Level.

The Darwin's Halloween Event

On October 28th, there will be some Spooky Surprise Boxes outside The Collective at The Darwin. Do you dare reach in? It’s trick or treat time – you’ll either be greeted by a delightful sweet treat, or you’ll have a spine-tingling encounter with a creepy crawly!

Alderford Lake is ramping up its Halloween plans this year. A visit to Spooky Island will give you plenty of frights (recommended for ages 8-13), look out for the pesky prisoners! If you’re looking for some scarier adult fun, be sure to look at their Nightmare Island offering. Budding witches and wizards (under 10s) can join a Witchcraft session in the woods for a magical crafting workshop. They’ve also got a Halloween Drive-In Cinema on October 27th, 28th and 29th, with family favourites Hocus Pocus, Hotel Transylvania and Addams Family at 6pm and horror films at 8:30pm.

A witch at Alderford Lake

Hawkstone Park Follies have a Dragon Curse event from October 23rd until November 5th. The Hawkstone trolls have turned the dragons into pumpkins and they need your help to set them free.

There’s lots going on across the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site at half term. Visit the Victorian Ghost Town or get crafty with potion bottle making and scare machines. Find out more here.  

From October 21st to November 5th, you can take part in a Halloween quest at Stokesay Castle and discover magical potion ingredients to become a wonderfully wicked witch's apprentice! 

The cats at Paws Café must be ready for spooky season as there are a few events lined up from film nights to a Halloween cats and crafts session. Find available dates at www.pawscafe.co.uk.    

SPOOKY EVENING OUTS

Bookings for Sabrina’s Ghost Cruises have gone bonkers, but thankfully an extra date on October 30th has been added. Please note, that although there’s no swearing, some of the stories might not be suitable for young children.

A visit to our town’s haunted prison might be the ultimate Halloween jaunt! Shrewsbury Prison are running additional Ghost Tours every evening from October 23rd to 31st allowing you to explore the underground Georgian prison, the most haunted prison wing, and they’ll lock you up in your very own cell! Suitable for ages 12+.

A ghost tour at Shrewsbury Prison 

Old Market Hall is showing Little Shop of Horrors (PG) on October 31st at 8pm. The 1986 classic is a horror comedy rock musical following the story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

Little Shop of Horrors

  

FIREWORKS & BONFIRE NIGHT

Half term is nicely rounded off with bonfire night, and it looks like Shropshire’s skies will be illuminated with fireworks. Here’s our guide to all the local events…

Saturday, November 4th

Shropshire Charity Firework and Bonfire Extravaganza

Hosted at West Mid Showground by The 90s Revival, with Rozalla and Robbie Jones on the main stage. Gates open at 4.30pm with sound sensitive fireworks, 6.15pm, followed by the main display at 7.45pm. Giant bonfire, funfair, live music stage, refreshments and more! Tickets £15 (online) or £6.50 child.

Hanwood Bonfire & Fireworks Night

A traditional bonfire night for all the family at Hanwood Village hall from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets £2.50 or £6.

Bonfire Night at Love2Stay, Emstrey

Book a spot in the glamping or touring park for free access. NB this year there’s a smaller amount of off-park guests.

Alderford’s Bonfire and Firework Extravaganza

Alderford Lake, 5pm. Sound sensitive display 7pm, main fireworks, 8pm. Fairground rides, live music, food & drink. A ticket only event (from £10.95/£13.95 early bird online)

Fireworks at Blists HillPictured: Blists Hill Victorian Town Fireworks Extravaganza

Blists Hill Victorian Town Victorian Fireworks Extravaganza

Gates open from 6pm (fireworks 7.45pm). With a casting demonstration and steam engines in action around the town. Food and drinks available from the New Inn, or explore life in a Victorian town after dark! Tickets £12.50/£17.50.

Sunday, November 5th

Bomere Heath Bonfire Night 

Bomere Heath Cricket Club, 6pm (fireworks from 7pm). Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 children, or Under 5s free. No tickets on the gate. Club sponsors Battlefield 1403 are providing the hot dogs and chilli, plus there’s a mini waltzer, mini chairs and toy set rides and bungee trampolines. 

Monday, November 6th

Bayston Hill Fireworks

Gates open at Oakmeadow School (Beeches Gate), 5.30pm to 7pm. BBQ, bar, stalls, food, fairground rides and more. Tickets £4/£6.